County News

October 22, 2019

See the tested and researched Apple Recipes from the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Thanks to Jill Weber for sharing her demonstration. See recipes here!

October 22, 2019

The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. AgrAbility will be holding its 2020 National Training Workshop (NTW) March 23-26 in Madison, Wisconsin. This is the premier training event for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers impacted by disability and for professionals working with them ( Read more...

October 21, 2019

Includes Morning Snack & Coffee, Lunch and Hand-Outs! See T-Shirt to pre-order!

October 21, 2019

Thank You to Jill Weber, Human Sciences Specialist, for teaching Extension, Food Corps and NFNEP staff the safe and correct way to can salsa! And for sharing her home for the class. For questions you can contact Jill at:

It is important to use a tested or researched based recipe when canning homemade salsa.

The reason being, the ratio of low acid vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, onion and garlic) to acid (lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar) has not been tested in a non-research based recipe. Recipes that have been tested will have enough acid to prevent the growth of the botulism bacteria and provide a safe product that everyone can enjoy straight from the canning jar. View the TEST Salsa Recipe here: Recipe from National Center for Home Food Preservation 
Another great resource: Iowa StateExtension and Outreach Brochure, Preserve the Taste of Summer - Canning and Freezing: Tomatoes PM638            See more instructions here:

October 16, 2019


At the UAW Hall, Waterloo!

October 8, 2019

OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts

Free Workshop at EPI Deery Center, 3675 University Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701 Sign Up HERE!
Cindy Thompson, 641-229-6655     

October 3, 2019

We had an AWESOME time at the 4-H Game Changers  workshop on National Youth Science Day! Seven 4-H’ers and 4-H friends had fun at this pizza party and computer science experience at the Black Hawk County Extension Office on October 1st. We ‘Hacked Our Harvest’ and ‘Pitched Our Passion’ while learning computer science coding skills, terminology, and expanding our problem solving skills as a team.

September 19, 2019

Record Books are due into the extension office by October 4th. All books will need to go to their club leaders before coming to our office. 

Philosophy for 4-H Record Keeping The purpose of 4-H record keeping is to teach how to keep records, which is an important life skill. Record keeping is an ongoing process that does not end when the 4-H year ends. 

  • To learn how to set goals, how to make plans for action, and how to decide how well you did (evaluation).
  • To learn the skills of record keeping and organization to use now and in the future.
  • To learn to communicate and summarize.
  • To learn responsibility by completing a task.
  • To evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms.

September 12, 2019

Thank You to all the Teachers, Staff, Volunteers and Students who made Discovery Day 2019 a Wonderful Experience!

Read article of the Cedar Falls, Waterloo Courier:

See photo on FACEBOOK


September 6, 2019

Wow!!! Have you heard the results of the 4-H Pie Auction at the Black Hawk County Fair this year! It was unbelievable!!! THANK YOU 4-H Supports!
Here are the results!
Pies - $3915.00
King & Queen Pies - $1150.00
THAT Totals....$5065.00
Plus the Wood Carving Auction brought - $1020.00!
(Carvings by Ron Dillavou) See the Pie Baker Winners!

September 5, 2019

Our 4-Her's are AMAZING!
Another 690 POUNDS of fresh Chicken Meat donated to the Northeast Iowa Bank again! That makes 5482 Pound over the last 7 YEARS!!! Way to Go Black Hawk County 4-H!

August 16, 2019

New "4-H Fair Office" on the National Cattle Congress Grounds! New "4-H Fair Office" on the National Cattle Congress Grounds!
Exciting changes happened this summer for the Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA Fair Office! For years the fair office was housed in an outside corner of the Hippodrome near the maintenance facilities. It served it’s purpose but lacked enough room for operations, storage and only had three or four outlets which were overloaded. Through a great relationship with the National Cattle Congress the Black Hawk County Fair Board secured a multi-year lease moving the Fair Office to the old Milking Parlor. This summer Mike Geisler and team rehabilitated the milking parlor by stabilizing the roof and walls, replacing a door, adding a door, adding a sliding window and more electrical outlets. This week a new pole building is being constructed behind the milking parlor which will serve for safe and secure storage of all equipment supporting the annual fair and 4-H programming. Currently livestock gates, pens, panels, equipment and other supplies are stored in five or six locations including in the outdoors which has led to damage and misuse. Here are some pictures showing the progress show far. Thank you to the Otto Shoitz Foundation and the Black Hawk County Fair Board for investing in 4-H and FFA and making this dream a reality. 

August 14, 2019

• See all our WINNERS!

• See Google photo here.

• See Facebook Photos here. Great for Record book!

August 14, 2019

Become a Master Gardener

8 Thurday Night Classes, 6:00pm. First Intro Class is August 22 at 6:00pm at the Black Hawk Count Extension.
For more info contact: Steven Eilers, Urban Agriculture Specialist 319-234-6811 

Master Gardener Website

August 8, 2019
Private and Commercial Pesticide Testing for Applicators
 IDALS 2019 TEST DATES for Private & Commercial Applicators for Black Hawk County. 
  May 10, June 14, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13  
  IDALS Private Pesticide Applicator TESTING 10:00 - 2:00pm at Extension See Brochure
July 20, 2019

Dates:  Thursdays….from 8/15-9/26 from 6-9pm

Price $100, Make Check payable to Black Hawk County Extension, 3420 University Ave., Suite B, Waterloo Iowa . 50701

Read more...           Open Registration Form

June 20, 2019
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County has sets of fishing poles available for schools, youth groups and other non-profits working with youth to borrow with Fish Iowa!
Fish Iowa! combines physical education, health, biology, geography, and family and consumer sciences into a program that focuses on fishing. Designed for use in formal settings with middle school through senior high students, it easily adapts to non-formal programs such as camps, scout outings, etc. Fish Iowa! works with students with all levels of abilities.
A $25.00 deposit and fishing pole checkout agreement need to be completed. The deposit will be returned when the poles are returned. To learn more please contact the Black Hawk County Extension office at 319-234-6811.
June 19, 2019

In the fall of 2018 John Lawrence, Iowa State University Vice President of Extension and Outreach, requested that each county begin the process of transitioning all 4-H Club funds within the County Extension Districts’ financial management system. The staff of the Black Hawk County Extension office has worked diligently to develop a process to make this transition as smooth as possible for all the clubs in our county.

Upon completion of this transfer, each club will have their own account within the Black Hawk County Extension financial system and they will maintain the authority to determine how their funds are to be used. In essence, the Black Hawk County Extension office will provide services similar to a bank for the club. 

The helpful Black Hawk 4-H Club Account Transfer Guide.pdf 
(see attached in word)  is the step by step guide for clubs to establish their accounts within the Black Hawk County Agricultural Extension District’s financial management system. This guide has been designed to be filled out electronically for ease of submission, but can also be completed by hand. 

Black Hawk County 4-H Club Account Q&A Document specifically developed for Black Hawk County 4-H clubs is also available as a reference. 

If you have any questions about this process please contact Shelly Smith, Executive Director, or 319-234-6811.

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